狗猛酒酸gǒu měng jiǔ suān Bad company discourages true friends 今朝有酒今朝醉jīn zhāo yǒu jiǔ jīn zhāo zuì Take advantage of good fortune while it is around 酒肉朋友jiǔ ròu péng yǒu Cupboard love. Fair weather friends
Rivalling the accomplishments of the great Roman historians is the Chinese historian Sima Qian [135-86BCE]. Unlike so many early scholars he was very careful to back up his facts. Where he found conflicting reports of a historical event he included all the versions so that the reader could make their own judgment. He wrote not only on Chinese history but also about music; astronomy and traditions. Read More
Beijing and other old cities have a few areas remaining of traditional courtyard houses. It is the narrow lanes between the buildings that are called 'hutongs'. Although towns were laid out to a formal geometric plan the districts were developed informally and as individual families prospered or declined their houses extended or contracted. Over the centuries the ad hoc development led to many narrow and winding hutongs. Read More
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